In October, we will welcome Tracy J. Prince. She will be presenting her new book
Culture Wars in British Literature
Friday, October 19, 12pm.
Neuberger Hall 407 | 724 SW Harrison
Tracy Prince, PCPH Scholar in Residence will discuss her newly released book Culture Wars in British Literature.
The past century's culture wars that Britain has been consumed by, but that few North Americans seem aware of, have resulted in revised notions of Britishness and British literature. Yet literary anthologies remain anchored to an archaic Anglo-English interpretation of British literature. Conflicts have been played out over specific national vs. British identity (some residents prefer to describe themselves as being from Scotland, England, Wales, or Northern Ireland instead of Britain), in debates over immigration, race, ethnicity, class, and gender, and in arguments over British literature. These debates are strikingly detailed in such chapters as: "The Difficulty Defining 'Black British'," "British Jewish Writers" and "Xenophobia and the Booker Prize." Connections are also drawn between civil rights movements in the U.S. and UK. This generalist cultural study is a glimpse into Britain's changing identity as reflected in 20th and 21st century British literature.
Tracy J. Prince, Ph.D. has spent two decades teaching and writing about race, gender, and social equity issues and has taught in or spent extensive research time in Turkey, England, Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States. Her first book, Portland's Goose Hollow (2011), explores the history of Native, Chinese, Irish, German, and Jewish residents of one of Portland’s oldest neighborhoods.
You can get a preview of Dr. Prince's book at this address: http://www.amazon.com/Culture-Wars-British-Literature-Multiculturalism/dp/0786462949
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